Those of you who know the Shiputzim family in real life are aware that we’re
somewhat in favor of fanatic zealots about the early Shabbat minyan on summer Fridays.
Indeed, YZG has been serving as the gabbai of our local early minyan for many years now, and not coincidentally, a significant number of our relatives fill similar roles in their respective communities.
Moreover, the advantages are so obvious to us that we are bemused and bewildered by the fact that the vast majority of the Shabbat-observant world votes with their feet in favor of the regular minyan.
And so, I
stand sit here today to proselyte.
I’m not even going to address issues such as having the kids awake for the entire meal, having the adults awake for the entire meal, having time to go for an evening stroll after the meal, etc.
Instead, I’m going to share a little-known secret about the early minyan:
It gives me time to blog.
Yes, that’s right. Ironically, I find that I have more time on Fridays when we make early Shabbat.
You see, I can’t light the Shabbat candles until after plag hamincha. And I don’t have to light the candles until just before YZG and the kids come home from shul. (Yes, I realize that some people have the custom of lighting earlier. As usual, CYLOR.)
But, the house is usually clean, the food is usually cooked, and everyone is usually showered by the time they leave for shul.
Which means that I have about an hour to do… well, whatever I want.
And, today, the thing that I wanted to do was write this post…
!שבת שלום ומבורך